THE HOPELESS EMPTINESS

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Set in the 1950s, Revolutionary Road is about a young couple, Frank and April Wheeler, who lives in the suburbs with their two children. On the surface, they seem like a perfect family – working husband, housewife, two kids and a nice house and everyone aspires to be like the Wheelers. Little did they know that both Frank and April are dissatisfied with their current state of life; Frank being stuck in the same occupation as his father and April striving to become a more polished stage actress.

On Frank’s thirtieth birthday, April suggests that they move to Paris for a new life and the life they thought they would have. But along the way, little mistakes and opportunities arises and the move to Paris is put to an abrupt halt. The local realtor, Mrs. Givings, visits them with her slightly mental son, John, who seems to understand the Wheelers’ point of view when told of their initial proposal to move to Paris. However, he berates them heavily when he learns that the trip is cancelled. What happens after the incident is a huge falling out and rude exchanges of words that really changed the balance between them forever.

Like the trailer mentioned, the movie is about “who we were and who we became along the way”. Isn’t it frightening that everything you thought you would be, wouldn’t be?

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